Monday, October 27, 2008

Shakespearean Connections Lead to Alternate Soundtrack

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dir. J. Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent. Perf. William V. Ranous, Maurice Costello, Walter Ackerman, Julia Swayne Gordon, Rose Tapley, Gladys Hulette, Charles Chapman, Helene Costello, and Dolores Costello. Vitagraph Company of America. 1909. Silent Shakespeare. DVD. Image Entertainment, 2000.

Fuchs, Dana, et al. “Dear Prudence.” Across the Universe. Interscope Records, 2007.

Yes, this is something of a stop-gap post, but it does have Shakespearean connections.  The primary motive was to get this file off my computer so I have space for other things, but I also was thinking about Across the Universe's director, Julie Taymor.  The film is extremely interesting, particularly in how exceptionally visual it is.  The images and the music are what drive the film—not the plot (which is more interesting to a Beatles devotee than to the general popualce).  In that, it's very much like a silent film!  And Julie Taymore also directed Titus, the film version of Titus Andronicus that starred Anthony Hopkins.  That film, too, is intensely (perhaps too intensely!) visual.

All of that gives the connections that justify re-posting this film clip with the alternate soundtrack.  And it frees up space on my computer, after all.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this clip is temporarily (or permanently) unavailable.

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—The Management

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